Luke 2:23 explains that Jesus was brought as an infant to Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord. The Law of Moses (Exodus 13:2) had stated that “every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord.” Since Mary had been a virgin, Jesus was indeed the firstborn of her and Joseph’s family.
This earthly experience presaged the even more momentous experience that would occur in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead some thirty or so years later. That is, Jesus would be the firstborn to open the womb of the dead! The dead had simply been dead. But when Jesus was raised from the dead, it was the first time anyone had been born from the dead…never to die again (Romans 6:9).
Through His resurrection, Jesus had turned the tomb into a womb. Being the first, He had opened the womb. And because He had opened the womb of death, the rest of the dead would follow. Praise be to the name of Jesus, the firstborn who has opened the womb of death – let Him be called “holy to the Lord” for sure!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.